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Amazing outreach program hosted by The International SeaKeepers aboard DISCOVERY Motor Yacht DEFIANCE

April 23, 2015

Youth Making Ripples, an extension of the nonprofit organization Beneath The Waves, students have recently had a unique opportunity to enjoy an amazing outreach program aboard the DISCOVERY charter yacht Defiance, hosted by The International SeaKeepers Society and Global Oceans. The day trip aboard the 72ft Mangusta motor yacht Defiance enabled Youth Making Ripples Film Festival award recipients to learn more about the local marine ecosystems and coral reef system of the fantastic Florida yacht charter destination – Miami.

Group shot of the outreach program onboard the 72ft Mangusta Yacht DEFIANCE

Group shot of the outreach program onboard the 72ft Mangusta charter yacht DEFIANCE

The numerous expedition comprised Dr. Lauren Toth, a researcher at the United States Geological Survey situated in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Brooke Gintert, a coral reef scientist from the University of Miami, Tom Fitz, a freelance underwater photographer and videographer, Carl Kesser, a professional cinematographer, as well as Jason Kesser, from Shake 108, a local nonprofit radio station.

During the trip, several aspects of reef research were explored by Youth Making Ripples Film Festival award-winner, Sara Beeler, and four other students from Coral Shores High School in Tavernier. First, the students learned about the geologic history of coral reefs by analyzing coral core samples. Subsequently, Dr. Gintert shared her work from the Underwater Landscape Mosaics for Coral Reef Mapping and Monitoring Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and explained how she uses photography to map coral reefs through mosaics. These mosaics provide a means of monitoring coral reefs over time.

Freelance underwater photographer, Tom Fitz, was also present and advised the students on creating underwater footage and demonstrated the use of his professional underwater camera equipment.

After the students learnt more about the group’s reef research, everyone enjoyed snorkeling Rainbow and Emerald Reefs offshore of Key Biscayne – a unique chance to experience coral reefs firsthand.

It was the third outreach event for Global Ocean’s, luxury yacht Defiance. In 2014, she reached Newport, Rhode Island to educate the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County about marine pollution, and prior to that, to Bimini to deploy drifters and discuss ocean currents with a group of Bahamian school children.

Beneath the Waves- Youth Making Ripples represents a nonprofit film competition devoted to engaging students in marine awareness and conservation through the power of film. Elementary, middle, and high school-aged students are encouraged to create and submit a short film on the marine-related topic or issue of their choice.

Striking 100m Mega Yacht MAXIMUS concept by Facheris Design

April 21, 2015

The video below released by ‘perfect’ shows the striking 100m (318’) mega yacht MAXIMUS concept, superbly designed by the Florida-based design firm, Facheris Design. Distinctive yet feasible, motor yacht MAXIMUS concept is based on a previous sketch of a 150′ vessel, with the goal of reinventing it by mixing up admired style of the past with materials and innovation of the future.

Mysterious Motor Yacht WENDY 1 spotted in Florida

April 17, 2015

ZipZapPower, a passionate yacht video maker, has released the video below of the mysterious tri-deck motor yacht Wendy 1, while making her way on the Intracoastal in Hollywood, Florida. If you have any information about superyacht Wendy 1, do not hesitate to contact us here

Update 20/4/2015

We have found out from Yachtspotter that Wendy 1 is the former 29m motor yacht Lady Val, built by Northcoast Yachts.

Completed and launched by the shipyard in 2001, the Northcoast 95 luxury yacht Wendy 1 (ex Lady Val) has been magnificently designed by Paul Frederickson, with interior design by Robin Rose & Associates. She offers elegant and comfortable accommodation to 8 guests in total, looked after by a crew of 7 members.

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2015 Lively Crew Competitions

April 15, 2015

Set to run at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island from June 22 to 25, the upcoming four-day Newport Charter Yacht Show will once again host a series of lively Crew Competitions. The competitions will be attended by teams of professionals, responsible for five-star hospitality and delicious cuisine aboard the event’s line-up of world-class charter yachts.

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions - Photo by Billy Black

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions – Photo by Billy Black

“Every yacht has a different personality, and this is highly dependent on the captain and crew,” said Winnie DeCoster (Newport, R.I.) of the Captain’s Concierge, which runs the culinary program.The Crew Competitions allow the highly skilled professionals to showcase their talents, which in turn gives show attendees much more insight into the environment onboard participating yachts.”

The Newport Charter Yacht Show 2015 Crew Competitions will consist of four contests:

Monday, June 22, will see the highly skilled professionals create tasty hors d’oeuvres in the Sunset Canapé Challenge. Creativity and taste of crewmembers or chefs from yachts measuring 99 feet and under will be judged during this contest.

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions Delicious Meals - Photo by Billy Black

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions Delicious Meals – Photo by Billy Black

On Tuesday, June 23, yacht chefs from all participating yachts will showcase their culinary talents in the Best Charter Yacht Chef Competition. Participants will use the ingredients from a mystery basket and are supposed to be yacht chefs preparing delicious meals onboard their respective yacht for superyacht charters during the 2015 summer season.

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions Tablescaping Challenge - Photo by Billy Black

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions Tablescaping Challenge – Photo by Billy Black

Wednesday, June 24, will see crewmembers attend the Tablescaping Challenge. They will be tasked to create a beautiful and unique table display utilizing their respective yacht’s linen, china, tableware and decorative items. Later that day, the Healthy Beverage contest will also take place. During this, yachts’ crewmembers or chefs will prepare juices and smoothies to be judged based on the taste and nutritional value. There will be two classes of winners in both challenges: Premier (for crew onboard yachts 99 feet and under) and Grande (for crew onboard yachts 100 feet and over).

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions Healthy Beverage - Photo by Billy Black

The 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show Crew Competitions Healthy Beverage – Photo by Billy Black

To involve even more crewmembers, the 2015 Newport Charter Yacht Show will feature additional activities, including the SeaHex Bullseye Challenge and a Pitch & Putt Golf Tournament.

Debut of brand new motor yacht Horizon V80 Cockpit at next month’s Newport Beach Boat Show

April 15, 2015

Horizon Yachts is excited to announce that their brand new motor yacht Horizon V80 cockpit skylounge will make her premiere at the 2015 Newport Beach Boat Show, running in California’s Newport Beach from May 14 to 17. Luxury superyacht V80 by Horizon is the perfect vessel for cruising the waters of Alaska or the Caribbean yacht charter destinations.

Horizon V80 cockpit skylounge yacht

Horizon V80 cockpit skylounge yacht

“As the first Horizon V80 motoryacht in the U.S., she has been intricately designed for the market, specifically for West Coast, and we know her high quality, interior fit and finish, and design features will appeal to boaters from all regions,” said Horizon Group CEO John Lu.

Horizon V80 Yacht - aft view

Horizon V80 Yacht – aft view

Aboard Horizon V80 superyacht

Aboard Horizon V80 superyacht

Luxury yacht Horizon V80 cockpit - Exterior

Luxury yacht Horizon V80 cockpit – Exterior

The all-new Horizon V80 skylounge yacht provides comfortable accommodation in four lovely staterooms, including a King Master stateroom, Queen VIP stateroom, as well as two twin guest staterooms. The vessel features dining in three different locations – the main deck dining area, aft deck dinette, and a forward seating and dinette area – and boasts five entertaining areas, comprising a sit-down bar and BBQ on the flybridge as well as seating and lounging area on the foredeck.

Motor yacht Horizon V80 - Saloon

Motor yacht Horizon V80 – Saloon

Superyacht Horizon V80 - Galley and Dining

Superyacht Horizon V80 – Galley and Dining

Horizon V80 superyacht - Cabin

Horizon V80 superyacht – Cabin

New Horizon V80 superyacht is powered by CAT C32A 1622HP diesels, achieving a maximum speed of up to 25 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 20-21 knots. Moreover, the vessel is fitted with a fire suppression system, Steelhead 2000lb davit, zero speed stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, as well as a custom Furuno navigation system.

Luxury motor yacht Horizon V80 underway

Luxury motor yacht Horizon V80 underway

You can view a nice selection of Horizon charter yachts here below.

Video of Westport motor yacht PLAN A

April 13, 2015

Originally built by Westport Yachts in 2007, luxury charter yacht PLAN A (ex Resolute) is a well sized 40m vessel, beautifully refitted in 2014. Featuring naval architecture by William Garden and exterior styling by Gregory C. Marshall, luxury motor yacht PLAN A cruises the fantastic Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter destinations, providing deluxe crewed yacht charters for up to 10 guests. Below is a video showing this beauty, while making her way north to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The video was made by ‘ZipZapPower’.

The elegant and warm interiors of luxury yacht PLAN A provide comfortable accommodation in a generous full-beam master stateroom with king size bed, private study and spacious en-suite. In addition, there are four guest cabins, each with en-suite facilities. The upper deck provides an amazing sky lounge with large sofa, occasional chairs, desk, games table and full entertainment system. Moreover, there is an extended swim platform, as well as a wide range of water toys.

Bright Future for Cuba Yacht Charter

April 10, 2015

The 2015 Superyacht Summit organised by the U.S. Superyacht Association, held in West Palm Beach, Florida in March, saw a great discussion regarding the current and future state of the Cuban tourism industry in relation to Cuba yacht charter and yachting tourism in general. Although the non-American crew and private yachts can travel to Cuba, the recent announcement of the changes in travel restrictions for Americans are expected to increment the amount of charter yachts visiting Cuba in he future.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board - Yachting

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board – Yachting

As reported by The Triton, during a Superyacht Summit session entitled “Cuba:The Last Frontier” a panel of yachting industry professionals suggested a rise in yachts visiting Cuba, aiding not only the local yachting industry but the local economy as well. It seems that the biggest impact is expected in the Cuban yacht charter industry. There are number of private yachts visiting Cuba each year, however charter yachts are limited due to the legal restrictions on Americans.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Once the restrictions have been dropped, Cuba has a great potential of becoming a popular destination for American charter clients. Although the island is currently able to accommodate yachts up to about 150 feet only, there is plenty of areas to anchor out, not to mention the various areas to explore. Cuba represents a fantastic destination for charter guests seeking adventure and excitement, and something new to discover in addition to the popular Caribbean.

Cuba holidays  - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba holidays – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

A law to eliminate tourism restrictions for the American travellers to Cuba has been proposed, however it still needs to be voted on. Currently all Americans can travel legally to Cuba, however with some limitations. When it comes to visiting Cuba aboard a boat/yacht, the vessel must have less than 10% American components, has to be registered outside of the U.S.; and there has to be a reason for its visit such as an environmental or professional research, or attendance of an event. Some expect the restriction to be dropped in about a year’s time, some longer. One thing is for sure, eliminating these restrictions will have a positive effect on the Cuban yacht charter industry as well as the local tourism industry in general.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

About Cuba Yacht Charter

“The most beautiful land eyes have ever seen” Christopher Columbus, 1492.

What better way to explore this fascinating island, situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, than on a luxury Cuba yacht charter? Cuba represent the largest country in the Caribbean, offering plenty of interesting destinations and a colourful culture. The island offers a beautiful array of landscapes, from green valleys to imposing mountains. It has hundreds of spectacular sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to cruise through.

Cuba - Aerial  - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Aerial – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

One of the many places to visit in Cuba include the province of Holguin. It is a breath-taking rugged mountainous region, renowned for its undulating hills and exquisite beaches and a fantastic place for diving enthusiast with lovely diving sites and a variety of beaches, lagoons and bays waiting to be explored. The city of Holguin is also well worth a visit with La Periquerra (parrot cage) being one of its highlights. It is a historical museum where Spanish colonial troops hid behind the building’s barred windows during a native attack in 1868. Visitors on a Cuba charter yacht have the exclusive opportunity to visit Cayo Saetia, a tiny island, approachable by sea or helicopter only, which is home to imported animals like antelopes, buffalo or zebras.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Travellers on a Cuba yacht holiday should not miss a visit to Havana. Havana represents the largest city in the Caribbean and for centuries it served as a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Havana’s historic centre, Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, with the city’s firs building dating back to 1519.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Trinidad de Cuba is another destination with ancient palaces and colonial architecture which has remained unchanged. It offers magnificent Caribbean beaches contrasted by the Escambray mountain range. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1983 is the colonial town and nearby Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills).

Said to be one of the most Caribbean cities on the island of Cuba is the second largest city, Santiago de Cuba. The city saw a large influence by immigration and trade from the Caribbean islands and is particularly known for its carnival .

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba’s almost 6000-kilometre coastline is dotted with about 200 sheltered bays, more than 4,000 keys and islets and 588 kilometres of beaches. Both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides of the island are sheltered by coral reefs, one of which belongs to the second-largest reef, originating in South America. When it comes to sailing and waters sports, Cuba has it all!

Cuba - Beaches - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Beaches – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

When planning for your next Cuba yacht vacation, make sure to choose a yacht broker that has access to all the yachts… And choose a company that works for you personally (not the yacht owner) and has your best interests at heart – like CharterWorld. We are the largest professional broker specialising in luxury yacht charters and we are the most dedicated – as evidenced by our happy customers here.

For additional information on Cuba yacht availability and personalised itineraries, please get in touch with our experienced charter agents who will be pleased to assist you in planning your next dream holiday.

Video: Princess 98 Flybridge motor yacht PRINCESS TWO leaving Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

April 10, 2015

Luxury motor yacht Princess Two is a superb Princess 98 Flybridge vessel, built by the well known British manufacturer, Princess Yachts. Superyacht Princess Two mixes up traditional craftsmanship, the very latest technology, as well as unmistakable Princess styling. Below is a video showing the striking Princess Two, while leaving the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, annually hosted by the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Miami. The video was made by ‘ZipZapPower’.

100m motor yacht MAXIMUS concept by Facheris Design

April 10, 2015

The striking 100m (318’) motor yacht Maximus concept has been superbly penned by the Florida-based design studio Facheris Design, founded by Patrizio Facheris in 2014, following 13 years of service as chief designer at Michael Peters Yacht Design. Luxury mega yacht Maximus concept represents minimalism and extravagance in one package that seeks to evolve yachting.

100m mega yacht Maximus concept by Facheris Design

100m mega yacht Maximus concept by Facheris Design

Superyacht Maximus design was born while revisiting a previous sketch of a 150′ yacht with the goal of reinventing it by marrying admired style of the past with materials and innovation of the future. The lower profile allows for an elongated line, maintaining the basic, clean feel of the original idea but creates an open deck. The ability to walk from the stern to the bow in open air allows for unobstructed, limitless views from every angle and area of the deck.

The intent was to create a craft that is distinctive yet feasible. Such an ambitious project demands a set of impactful design decisions, including keeping the profile low, staying away from the typical “wedding cake” super structure, and using a very narrow beam with a plumb bow for piercing the waves. Everything in this concept is meant to be efficient.

Maximus yacht concept

Maximus yacht concept

Environmentally conscious, the Maximus yacht concept is powered by a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system, which also minimizes sound. A solar energy panel integrated into the superstructure and an artificial deck sole establish this craft’s position in the green future of the industry.

Maximus superyacht concept is part of a new generation of super yachts, incorporating light weight composites, and bringing us back to the essence of yachting. Simplicity and functionality define it, diverging from the trend of countless moving parts on today’s Super Yachts.

Luxury motor yacht Maximus concept

Luxury motor yacht Maximus concept

Designed to accommodate up to 10 guests, the five private residences are furnished with all the amenities of home. Scenery is of the utmost importance behind the design which maximizes comfort and views. Apartments range from four hundred to eight hundred square feet and are designed with an open loft feel. Each individual residence has a galley, salon and personal gym. Residents have access to the main deck which features an infinity pool and outdoor theater.

The main salon and lounge at deck level provide guests the benefit of a 5 star full service restaurant and can accommodate individual guests or large groups. There is an ample meeting room for pressing business. There are no walls to hinder vision, from the main salon, private residences, or on deck from the pool or outdoor theater. Embedded in to the glass of all individual living quarters as well as the main deck areas is a state of the art invisible audio system by Revolution Accoustics. Glass can be controlled for opacity to give guests privacy as desired. From the bridge there is a 360 degree range of vision.

Superyacht Maximus concept

Superyacht Maximus concept

At port or anchor, the luxury yacht Maximus concept provides guests with two custom matching tenders as well as all the toys needed to enjoy recreational time while at sea. A helicopter pad is available to receive or transport guests.

Specifications of Maximum yacht concept:

LOA 318′ / 100m

Beam 44.5′ / 13.5m

Maximus superyacht profile - Deck Plan and Profile

Maximus superyacht profile – Deck Plan and Profile

About Facheris Design

Facheris Design specializes in production and custom yacht and boat design as well as product design. All elements of the design process are delivered under one roof in order to achieve true artistry and harmony. Patrizio, born in Italy and raised in Belgium, is an international designer, with over 30 years of experience in all types of industrial design and an extensive background in the marine industry. He has contributed to the creation of numerous icons in the marine world through freelance and direct work with companies such as Donzi Marine, Yamaha, and Monterey among many others. Recent collaborations with Cruisers Yachts, have resulted in Boating Magazine’s 2013 Boat of the Year, as well as the new Cantius 59′ flagship coming July 2015, and a Cantius 52′ sports coupe currently under development.

Facheris Design services range from initial market research to final design specification.

Video of 96m motor yacht VAVA II arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

April 09, 2015

Built by Devonport Yachts, rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011, the outstanding 96-metre motor yacht VAVA II represents one of the most technologically advanced and stylish yachts in the world. Launched in 2011, luxury mega yacht VAVA II has been beautifully penned by Redman Whiteley Dixon, with interior design by Remi Tessier. Below is a video showing this jewel, while arriving in the popular Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale, passing under the 17th Street Causeway Bridge and docking opposite the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six and adjacent to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel. The video has been released by PTZtv.

Spanning over six generous decks, Devonport P55 superyacht VAVA II provides deluxe accommodation to an incredible number of 36 guests. She boasts vast luxurious interiors, a helicopter landing pad, magnificent guest cabins, spacious garages for four yacht tenders aft and forward, a fold-down beach club, as well as a breath-taking variable depth swimming pool.